Scholarships from Credit Unions
American Airlines Federal Credit Union, Fort Worth, Texas, awarded six $5,000 scholarships to five high school students and one college student. The 2012 AA Credit Union Scholarship recipients were chosen from 247 applicants, all young members from across the country. Two selection committees composed of credit union staff members reviewed applications consisting of essays and listings of academic and extracurricular achievements. The recipients of the 2012 AA Credit Union Scholarships were James Blonde, who will be attending Notre Dame and is pursuing a career in engineering; Matthew Ferguson, who will be attending Cornell University, where he plans to major in chemical engineering; Brent Hannema, who will be attending Loyola University Maryland and plans for a career in accounting; Kyle Neustrom, who will be attending Creighton University and aspires to a medical career; Shannon Sullivan, who will be attending the University of Texas at Austin and plans to pursue a career in the physical sciences; and Kendy Real, who will enter the Respiratory Care Program at Stony Brook University.
Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, Aberdeen, Md., announced the winners of its annual college scholarship competition by awarding $12,000 to 10 local teens. The scholarships were awarded to Britni Barber, Paul Cillo III, Rachel Lynn Flint, Heather LaCroix, Nicole Racine, Sarah Ray, Darren Slotnick, Kelli Jo Soos, Emily Lauren Van Seeters and Stephanie Verk.
Belco Community Credit Union, Harrisburg, Pa., awarded five scholarships of $1,000 each to student-members who excelled academically, while also giving back to their communities through extracurricular involvement and community service. Scholarship recipients for the 2012-2013 school year were Albert Peters III, Logan Hoke, Jacqueline Yanchuck, Danielle Roth and Allison Hoke. Scholarship recipients are selected based on financial need and scholarship merit, as well as their community and school involvement.
Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Groton, Conn., awarded $14,000 in scholarships to seven area students who will be attending college this fall. Charter Oak awards the scholarships annually as part of its Community Giving Program. The scholarship winners, who each received $2,000, were chosen based on a variety of factors, including their level of community involvement, extracurricular activities and overall academic achievements. The scholarships were awarded to Qing Ge, Olivia Jean Burdick, Fallon Wilson, Paige Palmieri and Fabjola Qosja. Charter Oak also awarded two annual scholarships in memory of two longtime employees. The LuAnn Dugas Memorial Scholarship was presented to Arianna Athenian. The Louise Jackson Community Outreach Scholarship was presented to Cody J. DeGray. The Jackson outreach scholarship is funded by Charter Oak employees, who raise money by paying a small fee to participate each Friday in the credit union’s casual-dress campaign.
Consumers Credit Union, Kalamazoo, Mich., announced the winners of its annual Dollars For Scholars Scholarship program. Consumers annually awards five $2,000 scholarships to exemplary students who are also excellent community citizens. The scholarships are funded by staff during casual dress Fridays and from coin machine revenue. Each applicant is evaluated with equal emphasis on academic achievement, community service, and essay content. After receiving 87 applications, this year’s winners are Kesey Weener, Alexandra Vizard, Brandon Kik, Alexandra Page and Dylan Plachta. Weener is a graduate of Holland Christian High School and plans to attend Olivet Nazarene University to study nursing and Spanish. During her high school career she was on the Varsity swim and track teams and participated in the Spanish Club. She also volunteered for Compassionate Heart Ministries and served on Link Crew, Holland Christian’s mentoring program.Vizard Alexandra is a graduate of Portage Northern High School and plans to attend Saint Mary’s College to study accounting. During her high school career she was a member of the National Honor Society, participated in 4H for more than 8 years riding and showing horses, served as president of Tri-United 4H and tutored elementary age children.Kik is a graduate of Plainwell High School and plans to attend Loyola University. During his high school career he was on the JV and Varsity soccer teams, served on the student senate, and was assistant editor for his school newspaper. He also volunteered for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and was on the National Honor Society. Page is a graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School and plans to attend the University of Michigan to study political science or pre-law. During her high school career she was on the JV and varsity soccer and volleyball teams and has been involved in church service most of her life, including volunteer work for Youth for Christ and Roseland Christian Ministries.Plachta is a graduate of Mattawan High School and plans to attend DePaul University to study business management in sports. During his high school career he was on the golf, football and basketball teams and served as class president for two years. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and volunteered for the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.
Credit Union ONE, Ferndale, Mich., presented the 2012 William G. Coyne Credit Union ONE Scholarship Awards to four students. Credit Union ONE created the program to help their student members in their endeavors to further their education after high school. Graduating high school seniors Alexandra Cook, Emily Rowland, Juan Sancen and Joseph Stefanko were selected to each receive a $1,500 scholarship based on academics, community service and a written essay.
EECU, Jackson, Mich., announced that its 2012 college scholarships have been awarded to Emma Hofer and Andrew Fontana. The winners were selected based on their excellence in academics and community service, and each student was rewarded with a $1,000 scholarship to a college or university of their choice. Hofer will be attending Indiana Wesleyan University, and Fontana will be studying at Ferris State University.
Hanscom Federal Credit Union, Hanscom AFB, Mass., awarded $10,500 in scholarships at its annual meeting. The $1,500 awards went to five credit union members beginning their college careers, and one member at each of the Air Force Junior ROTC units located at Lowell High School and Bedford High School. The Condon Scholarship recipients were Rachel E. Bayles, Derek J. Dow, Jeffrey Haworth, Michael S. Loughlin and Sarah A. Witzig. Named after former board member John F. Condon, who worked at Hanscom FCU for 26 years, the scholarships for Hanscom FCU members are awarded based on academic record, extracurricular activities and an essay. The top graduates of the Lowell High and Bedford High AFJROTC programs, Corinne Plaisir and Robert Santamaria, also received $1,500 scholarships.
Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union, Savannah, Ga., announced the winners of the 2012 college scholarships. Andrew Rushing, who will be attending Georgia Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in bio-medical engineering, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Chelsea Riddle was also the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship as a continuing education student. A former 2010 GHFCU scholarship recipient, Riddle is a full-time teacher at Bethesda Academy. She is pursuing her graduate degree in the field of communication sciences and disorders at the University of South Carolina.
Freedom Federal Credit Union, Bel Air, Md., announced that Angela Rosenberg, a math teacher at Edgewood High School, was the recipient of the first annual Golden Apple $1,000 scholarship. Rosenberg teaches introduction to algebra, algebra 1 and integrated geometry, grades 9 through 12 grade. She is pursuing a master’s degree in education with a self-designed focus on “Adventure Learning.” This includes outdoor learning settings, like Harford Glen or wilderness programs, like Outward Bound. Rosenberg plans to take a year off to advance her study through Project Adventure and National Outdoor Leadership School. She then plans to incorporate these learned skills to help make her math teaching more meaningful and fun to her students. Golden Apple Scholarship applicants had to document how they would use the funds, whether to further their own continuing education, as support for their class or for their school.
GCS Federal Credit Union, Granite City, Ill., recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship. Amanda Cornell of Staunton High School was this year’s recipient of the Nicole R. Thorp Scholarship. GCS was looking for applicants who actively volunteer in the community. Candidates were also required to submit an essay explaining why saving and budgeting are important habits to develop.
Georgetown Kraft Credit Union, Georgetown, S.C., presented the Randolph Elliott Scholarship to area high school students. Each recipient was awarded a $1,000 scholarship that can be used as a supplement to offset costs of tuition, books or room and board at any two- or four-year college. The recipients for the scholarships were Thomas Rogers of Andrews High School who will be attending the University of South Carolina; Kaity Papadopoulos of Georgetown High School who will be attending the University of South Carolina; Elizabeth Surratt of Waccamaw High School who will be attending the University of South Carolina; Ella Alston of Kingstree Sr. High School who will be attending Clemson University; and Bradley Pierce of Georgetown High School who will be attending the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. The scholarships were renamed this past year to honor the memory of longtime GKCU employee, volunteer and credit union advocate Randolph Elliott. In total, GKCU received 25 applications from schools in both Georgetown and Williamsburg counties. Applicants are required to be a GKCU member or child of a GKCU member. The application details interests in school and community, work and leadership experience, an essay on community service and a letter of recommendation.
Greater Minnesota Credit Union, Pine City, Minn., announced that Stephanie Skalicky of Beroun, Minn., and Renee Schminkey of Pine City, Minn., have each won a $500 Scholarship from the Minnesota Family Involvement Council . This year, the FIC offered $12,000 in college scholarships to Minnesota credit union members. More than 700 students from credit unions throughout the state applied for FIC scholarships. Applicants were selected based on school and community involvement, and an essay explaining what impact social media has on their financial decisions and how credit unions can utilize these tools to help them reach financial goals. Additionally, Skalicky was awarded a $500 scholarship from Greater Minnesota Credit Union. This is the second time she has been awarded a GMCU scholarship.
Langley Federal Credit Union, Newport News, Va., recently presented four young members with the Galaxy Graduate $5,000 College Scholarship award for academic achievement. The four winners are Hongii He, Michelle Shin, Vivian Thompson and Lucas Walker. He will graduate from Woodside High School. His goal is to use his bilingual abilities to foster a closer relationship between U.S. and Chinese companies and hopes to open a company for bilingual and bicultural people. Shin will graduate from Warwick High School. Thompson is graduating from Kecoughtan High School. Her goal is to receive a bachelor’s degree in business and then possibly attend a culinary institute. Her dream is to own a bakery shop. Walker will graduate from Gloucester High School and intends to obtain a degree in organic chemistry. His goal is to pursue a career in pharmacology.
Local Government Federal Credit Union, Raleigh, N.C., congratulated 120 recipients of its LGFCU Scholarship Award and 24 recipients of its School of Government Scholarship Award, both designed to exclusively assist local government members and employees in their academic and career pursuits. In its 14th consecutive year, the LGFCU Scholarship Award recognizes the academic excellence of 120 students who maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, as well as participate in extracurricular activities. Financial need is also a consideration. This year’s recipients will each have $1,000 sent directly to their school of choice to use toward tuition, textbooks, a laptop or other educational expenses. In an effort to help members strengthen their skills and thereby enhance job performance, LGFCU awarded $23,260 to 24 members through the SOG Scholarship Award. Since 2002, monies from this scholarship program (ranging from $275 to $2,000) are applied to classes and seminars offered by the SOG at UNC-Chapel Hill.
SCE Federal Credit Union, Irwindale, Calif., has selected 2012 scholarship award winners. For the third consecutive year, 14 area high school seniors from low-income households were presented with $1,000 to help further their education. Funded by the SCE Federal Credit Union Foundation, which has been conducting financial literacy workshops in local high schools for the past eight years, the scholarship program is designed to help high-achieving, financially challenged students who have participated in the workshops pay for college. Applications were accepted from the California communities surrounding Boyle Heights, Duarte, Irwindale, Lynwood and Ontario. The scholarship recipients were Paulina Arellano, Lizbeth Rojas, Nazo Demirdjian, Yahir Barragan, Cristian Castillo, Bonn Hidalgo, Cathy Jimenez, Ana Landeros Lopez, Mayra Noriega, Luis Nunez, Diana Peña, Ernesto Pína, Jasmine Rios and Jose Solares.
Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union, Sioux Falls, S.D., announced that Laura Hurley of Canton, S.D., and Jessie Hinricher of Pipestone, S.D., were each awarded $1,000 community service scholarships. Both will use the funds to help finance their post-high school education this fall. The two winners were selected from over a dozen applicants. Hurley is responsible for creating and organizing the Birthday Bag project, which provides low-income children small gifts and supplies for a birthday party. Hinricher has been actively involved in numerous 4-H programs for over nine years, with an emphasis on community service and children’s projects. Hurley plans to attend Northwestern College in Orange City this fall, and Hinricher will be enrolled at South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City.